Dean Philip Dawson, PhD, shines a light on the multitude of complementary educational programs at Scripps Research

Scientific research, by necessity, is a collaborative endeavor. When knowledge is shared, new roads to discovery open and we gain added capabilities to harness science for the benefit of humankind. Science not only builds on the past, it also lays a foundation for the future. That is why educating and training the scientists of tomorrow is a priority for Scripps Research. 

The Skaggs Graduate School of Chemical and Biological Sciences was founded by our faculty in 1989 and quickly rose to prominence. For 19 years in a row, it has ranked among the top ten in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. We are the only non-university-based program on that top ten list.

Philip Dawson, PhD

In this issue, we highlight the people, the science, and the impact of our exceptional graduate program. In addition, we share a multitude of complementary educational programs that have been cultivated by the institute to enrich the creative minds of our entire community, from elementary schoolchildren to physician-researchers. 

As science progresses, so does Scripps Research. The institute’s tradition of outstanding fundamental research is world-renowned, and through the formation of productive alliances we have expanded our scope to encompass the discovery and development
of life-changing medicines. We are also optimizing the use of genomic data and digital technologies to advance individualized medicine. Our redesigned website serves to communicate our expanded outlook and message; and the easily recognizable infinity loop logo represents our continuing pursuit of knowledge, as well as the unending promise to make better lives for people around the world. That is who we are and what we do. Scripps Research: Science Changing Life. 

I would like to share one additional item: Nature Index recently released another round of rankings and named Scripps Research the top nonprofit research institute in the U.S. for producing high quality research. This new ranking was based on author contributions to primary research articles published in a select group of highly respected science journals and complements our continuing number one ranking by Nature Index for influence on innovation. 

Thank you for partnering with us on this extraordinary journey. We appreciate your support. 

Philip Dawson, PhD
Professor of Chemistry
Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies